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About UNICEF: Employment

Le Hong Loan


Chief, Child Protection
UNICEF, Vietnam

Nationality: Viet Nam
Education: BA, University of Foreign Studies (Viet Nam); MA, Institute for Educational Strategy and Curriculum Development, (Vietnam); MSW, University of Regina (Canada)
Field of Study: Social work, English and Literature
Languages: English, Vietnamese
“UNICEF is the best international organization to work with if you would like to make life better for children. No matter what position you are in, you can always contribute to the promotion of children’s rights. Your role is respected and important for the work of the organization.”
I originally joined UNICEF in May 1989 when I was recruited as an Administrative Programme Assistant for Education-Early Childhood-Communication section. I was then promoted to Senior Programme Assistant for Education and Women and Development Programmes in 1990. I was appointed as Project Officer, Basic Services in 1995. In September, 2000, I was appointed as Chief of the Right Promotion and Child Protection section.
UNICEF came to Viet Nam right after the war end in 1975. During my childhood, I studied in a “UNICEF” school. As many Vietnamese people and children, I love UNICEF as an organization for children – a friend of children. Thus, I always wanted to work for UNICEF. In May 2009, I was recruited to work for the UNICEF Viet Nam office and am now the Chief of Child Protection section.

A typical work day for me involves programme and staff management. I lead and manage the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the UNICEF-Viet Nam Child Protection Program to support the development of child protection systems to prevent and protect children from neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation. An important part of my work is policy advocacy and technical assistance to the Government counterparts and other partners on child protection policy and programmes. I provide leadership, technical advice, and advocacy to the government agencies in addressing strategic priorities and programs on child protection. Since child protection is a new and growing area in Viet Nam, the biggest challenge has been managing a growing programme section to respond to the increasing demands for technical assistance by the Government counterparts.

So far my experience with UNICEF has been remarkable. I have worked with highly committed and inspiring people from UNICEF, the Government of Viet Nam, mass and civil organizations. UNICEF has given me many great opportunities and challenging tasks to grow to a mid-level manager in the organization, and more importantly as a strong expert and advocate for children’s rights, especially child protection in Viet Nam. I am very proud that UNICEF work has substantially contributed to the fulfilments of children’s rights in Viet Nam.

My advice to aspiring UNICEF applicants - Be open, keep learning and try your best to pursuit your dream of making a better future for children.



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